Fear shackles, it paralyses. The fear of man is used by the devil to draw us back from the best of God. Adam feared the disapproval of Eve and he ate the wrong fruit. Saul feared losing the battle and he offered a sacrifice he was told not to. He panicked. He took the wrong turn and fell into a ditch, figuratively speaking.
While God looks for trust, the devil breeds fear. And when we are in bondage to fear, we cannot, at the same time, be full of faith.
Paul wrote that God has not given us the spirit of fear (2Timothy 1:6-7). Fear does not emanate from him. God is limitless, but fear is limiting, he is Freedom and light, but fear is bondage and darkness.
John was bold to say, perfect love, which God is, casts out fear, and fear brings torment (1John 4:8, 18). Fear is a manifestation of death.
Remember that before sin entered the Garden of Eden, there was no fear, but with sin came bondage and a major sign of bondage is fear.
Fearfulness is an indication bondage, and the less fear you manifest, the more the degree of freedom you are walking in, and the love of God is perfected in you, since perfect love casts sour fear (1John 4:18).
Love and fear therefore are opposites, when you grow in one you have less of the other. Man was made in the image of God and since God is love, man should manifest love and not fear.
Fear is the rope that tied us to the continuous cycle of sin and death. When we come to Christ, we are made free from sin and death, but we may still carry on with fear conditioning. So through the prison is no longer there, and there is no soldier outside the door to beat us back when we try to escape, our fear conditioning made us unable to move on with God, from our past, or from people who seeks to control us.
In the focus verse, the psalmist noted that recognising God for who he is in our lives will ensure that fear is dissolved. When we magnify God, whatever we fear will dissolve into insignificance.
Lord, my light
Fear feeds on the unknown (darkness) but when the Lord becomes your light you no longer fear the unknown, since his light is his knowledge. The greatest inevitable unknown is death, but in Jesus, coming up from the dead, we have a new light on what will be our portion in the afterlife, once we are associated with him. Paul was fearless as he said that to be absent from the body is to be with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:6, 8).
Knowing and walking in the plan God has for us means we are walking in the light, assured that we are in the hands of God; that all things work together for our good.
“The lord is light” means he is your guide, he will guide us into the right path and we do not have to be afraid, having been perfected in his love. There is no fear of the future when God is your light. David wrote: I put my trust in the Lord, why do you say to me, flee like a bird to your mountain (Psalm 11)? I will not panic because God is for me (Psalm 56:9).
Lord, my salvation
This connects to the salvation that we will now have in Jesus. Note that David’s word is sometime prophetic, as some of his psalms have been applied to Jesus.
He wrote about the death of Jesus (Psalm 22), about the priesthood of Jesus (Psalm 110), about his kingship (Psalm 45). His (Jesus) very name means salvation. The name means that he will save his people from their sin (Matthew 1:21). Salvation starts with dealing with sin which is the root of all difficulties that man is in.
The blood of Jesus was shed for the remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). The blood speaks better things than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24), which means that the blood is active. It is flowing with power to remedy the error of Adam. It is the release of the blessing of God on humanity as a whole.
Jesus said that when we believe in him we will not perish but will have everlasting life (John 3:16). The blood shows God loves us, helping us to overcome the hate that the devil directs at us. The shed blood of Jesus, says we are valued. The bible says that since God did not withhold his son from us, how much more will then freely give us all things (Romans 8:32). In Jesus, God restored the sense of value in man.
Lord the stronghold of my life
The three phrases we are examining in the focus verse, reveal the mind of a man who sees God as his all in all.
David spent his life battling all manner of enemies, so much so that when he wanted to start building a temple of God, God told him not to bother, saying: “your son will build it, your hand is filled with blood (1Chronicles 22:7-8, 1Kings 5:3-4).”
He was a man of war, so having God as his stronghold is definitely something important to him. He said that God strengthens his hand so that it can break a bow of steal (Psalm 18). He said that through God, he can leap over a wall and run through a troop. He was involved in many battles, but he did not die in any. When he was almost killed, God raised up someone to defend him (2Samuel 21:16-17). He acknowledged that he was divinely fortified.
The bible says that the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and there are saved (Psalm 18:10). The name of the Lord shows who he is to us. When you meditate on the truth of who God is to you, then you will be at rest. You will say: I cannot be afraid, what can man do to me (Psalm 56:11)? We have security and God strengthens us.
Paul said that we need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might and that we should be strengthened with might by God’s Spirit in our inner man (Ephesians 3:16). God is marked by his strength. And when we wait upon the Lord, we mount up with wings like eagles, we run and do not become weary, walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
- Praying a Prayer of Praise (fellowshiproom.org)
- Almighty ALL Ways Always (revelation217.com)
- Loving the Word of God (dailybibleplan.com)
- Jesus – The Wonderful (thepauls.wordpress.com)